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Weaning Off Lithium
Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more
Prescribing Doctor?: Discuss any issues with these medication with your prescribing doctor, usually the prescribing physician is intimately familiar with your health history, which might help in the process. The doctor should also be able to guide you through decision of being weaned off meds and discuss pros and cons of that. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suffer from bipolar disorder.my dr is going to use lithium alone & we are going to wean off lamictal & tegretol one at a time..which to wean 1st?
Ask your Dr: There can be different strategies in weaning off medications and it can be very specific to the individual. Your Dr is the best person to give this advice, and should give you specific instructions on how quickly to era off the meds. He may want to taper you off both meds slowly or one at a time, but each person is unique, and your Dr knows your history best to make that decision. ...Read more
Dr. discussing slowly weaning me off 150 lamictal & 600 tegretol for bipolar and replacing with lithium...is lithium a safe replacement?
A safe replacement: Lithium is a widely used and relatively safe drug for the treatment of bipolar disease. It should be used under the guidance of a physician knowledgeable in the use of the drug. It should be used in conjunction with regular blood test to determine the lithium level in your system and adjusted accordingly. The direct answer to your question is Yes, it is a safe replacement. ...Read more
Was diagnosed with hypothyriodism (tsh 49). On lithium, cymbalta (duloxetine) and seroquel. Could they cause it? H. Is side effect of all 3. Wean off? Frightened!
Li can: If hypothyroidism DX ; rx before u started li , li can require increases in thyroid meds. Both t3 (liothyronine) ; T4 need labs checked. If DX after starting li, possible li caused the problem. However depending on how long you have been on it, stopping it is no guarantee things will correct. Also, may have developed it anyway. Discuss with psychiatrist and t/c other moodstabilizers ; endocrine consult. ...Read more
Whatever works: Most breastfeeding moms find that making a plan of cutting down one breastfeeding session each week or two until you are left with the one feeding that seems to be most important for the baby's overall day/well-being works best. Cut out this feeding last. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several choices: I have had some moms cold turkey(put baby on a bottle and bind with a prepregnancy bra)& everybody in the house is miserable but a week or so later its done, i don't advise this. Some will start each feed and interupt baby after 3-5 minutes per breast (take off enough to feel soft) switch then bottle till full.Some will drop one feed every few days.All seem to work, the sweat equity is what varies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Three typical approaches: cold turkey, you just stop, bind yourself & you & baby are miserable for a week. Substitution, you drop 1-2 feeds every other day or so, supply slows, you wean in a couple weeks. Short feed, you use baby to start flow until soft but interrupt baby & supplement every feed.This slows milk production & the wean is more comfortable but may take 2 or more wks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer